Despite tough conditions, the men’s golf team had a successful outing over the weekend at the Cornell Invitational, finishing fourth in a 13-team field. Dan Bernard ’13 finished in the top ten for the third time this season.
After opening play with a round of 73, Bernard shot a 75 in the final round, earning him a fourth-place tie in the individual standings. He has been the low player for the Bison in all three competitions so far, after a win at the Bucknell Invitational and a tenth place tie at the Colgate Invitational.
“Our key to success was our ball striking, since the weather conditions were not ideal. Also, golf is a fickle game in that one day you can be playing well and another badly, so we have to make the most of what we have every round,” Bernard said.
Schuyler Stitzer ’14 was not far behind Bernard’s lead, shooting a 152 total (75-77), earning him a tie for 16th place. Zach Pogust ’15 improved off of his opening round of 78 with 76 in the final round.
“While our team did put together a few good rounds this weekend … we head into every tournament looking to win,” Pogust said. “In order to improve, I think we have to work on keeping the ball in play off the tee and learning to make smart decisions regarding when to fire at pins and when to play towards the middle of the green. Some things that I thought we did well at Cornell that led to our success was our ability to grind out rounds in tough conditions. We were also able to pick up a few strokes on the field by limiting our three putts.”
Both Luke Edelman ’16 (74-81) and Thomas Walter ’14 (78-77) finished with a total of 155. Playing as an individual, Pete Scialabba ’15 shot an 82 on Saturday and 77 on Sunday.
Binghamton was the champion of the tournament, with a 297-296 score.
The Orange and Blue will have a week for practice and recovery before competing in the Binghamton Invitational on Oct. 7 and 8.